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A new filaria of a lizard transmitted by sandflies

Abstract

A description is given of Madathamugadia wanjii n. sp., a Splendidofilariinae parasite of the gecko Ptyodactylus hasselquistii, on the west bank of the River Jordan and of its life cycle in Phlebotomus duboscqi. The new species is close to M. ivaschkini (Annaev, 1976) n. comb., of Turkmenistan, wich is also transmitted by sandflies (Reznik, 1982). The genus Madathamugadia is now comprised of four species, two from Madagascar and two from the Mediterranean sub-region; it differs from the genus Thamugadia by the presence of a double row of papillae anterior to the cloaca of the male. The larval characters of Splendidofilarinae of lizards confirm the affinity of these parasites to the Splendidofilarinae of birds (Chandlerella and Splendidofilaria); the first group could have arisen from the second by "captures" wich could have occurred in several places.

taxonomy; phylogeny; Onchocercidae; reptile; vector; morphogenesis


ABSTRACT

A new filaria of a lizard transmitted by sandflies

Odile Bain1

Gilles Petit1

Ilan Paperna2

Simcha Finkelman2

Mireille Killick-Kendrick3

Museum national d'Histoire naturelle, CNRS, Laboratoire de Zoologie, Paris, France

Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Faculty of Agriculture, Department of Animal Sciences, Rehoyot, Israel

Imperial College at Silwood Park, Department of Biology, Ascot, UK

A description is given of Madathamugadia wanjii n. sp., a Splendidofilariinae parasite of the gecko Ptyodactylus hasselquistii, on the west bank of the River Jordan and of its life cycle in Phlebotomus duboscqi. The new species is close to M. ivaschkini (Annaev, 1976) n. comb., of Turkmenistan, wich is also transmitted by sandflies (Reznik, 1982). The genus Madathamugadia is now comprised of four species, two from Madagascar and two from the Mediterranean sub-region; it differs from the genus Thamugadia by the presence of a double row of papillae anterior to the cloaca of the male. The larval characters of Splendidofilarinae of lizards confirm the affinity of these parasites to the Splendidofilarinae of birds (Chandlerella and Splendidofilaria); the first group could have arisen from the second by "captures" wich could have occurred in several places.

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Publication Dates

  • Publication in this collection
    15 June 2009
  • Date of issue
    1992
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